Today I got an opportunity to sit down with a couple of Turkish Delegates and for some odd ball reason we started talking about shotguns (OK! I give up IT WAS ME). The discussion which was originally about durable and reliable shotguns turned into which shotguns are popular in Turkey (OOPS! I did it again). anyways, here is the summary:
Popular Autoloader Shotguns in Turkey:
General Perception of The Turkish Consumer: Known for their quality (at affordable prices) shotgun. durable, reliable and very light weight for semi auto shotguns.
2. Hatsan Escort
General Perception of The Turkish Consumer: known for their quality airguns. a popular and old airgun brand. currently known for their durable, reliable and affordable semi auto shotguns. Company is known for employing latest in manufacturing techniques.
3. ATA Arms
General Perception of The Turkish Consumer: known for their quality semi auto shotguns. durable, reliable and affordable.
Over and Under Shotguns:
1. Akus Arms
General Perception of The Turkish Consumer: High end (high grade) Turkish Shotgun manufacturer. their quality is generally considered equal to more expensive imported Italian/Spanish brands. High quality, High finish and beautiful O/U shotguns. also makes shotguns for Webley and Scott and Smith and wesson.
General Perception of The Turkish Consumer: known for their highly finished and extremely light weight O/U shotguns at affordable prices. their light weight is attributed to the usage of aluminum alloy in receiver design with steel inserts in critical high wear areas. company is know for beautifully engraved and extremely light weight shotguns in affordable prices.
3. Hatsan Optima
General Perception of The Turkish Consumer: known for their quality airguns. a popular and old airgun brand. currently known for their durable, reliable and affordable O/U shotguns. durable but a bit on the heavy side.
General Perception of The Turkish Consumer: the largest firearms manufacturing company in Turkey. offers highest number of products ranging from pistols to shotguns.
How the Turkish Firearms Industry Operates:
The Turkish firearms industry comprises of several gun making towns similar to our Darra Adam Khel. Each town houses several small gun makers that churn out various parts for the Big Names to procure and assemble into branded shotguns.
Name of the Towns:
Huğlu (town, Not brand)
İstanbul (Armsan and ATA)
The Outcome of the Discussion:
We need to see more Turkish shotgun imports to Pakistan. Yildiz to be precise. I have been drooling over one ever since I laid my eyes (and to some extent, my hands. couldn't resist) on one at the range.
Disclaimer: The information provided here was acquired through an informal discussion with a small group of individuals and passed only for the reading pleasure of the esteemed members here at www.pakguns.com. The information may not be accurate and may not approximate (or represent) the view/perception of the entire consumer group in Turkey. the integrity of the information cannot be guaranteed. therefore the information provided in this thread may not be taken as correct, final and legally binding in anyway.